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Teaching Assistants and Other Adults in the Classroom - Case Studies

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Created on 08 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 16 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator

Case Studies

Case Studies involving Teaching Assistants, HLTAs and Other Adults working in mathematics classrooms.

Here is a selection of case studies demonstrating examples of effective practice. In each you will find links to professional development activities. Although you can work on these on your own, we recommend that you work with a colleague or group.

  • Beardwood: an 11 – 16 secondary school where over 20 different languages are spoken. The school has a large number of teaching assistants who generally work supporting children and teachers in all subjects. 
  • Gosforth Central Middle School: National assessments for the end of Key Stage 2 indicate that pupils are achieving higher than national average for both level 4 and level 5. Specialist subject teachers assist with mathematics in Key Stage 2, and this increases during the four years so that in Y7 and Y8 children are taught by a mathematics specialist with support from teaching assistants. 
  • Radclyffe High School: a mixed comprehensive with a range of “other adults” who support children with their learning; learning mentors, classroom assistants and cover supervisors. Each subject area has its own suite of specialist classrooms with fast broadband and an in-house intranet and VTLE, providing access to digital resources for both staff and students.
  • St Mark’s Primary School:  single-form entry school with a group of teaching assistants who have been working with the NCETM self evaluation tools led by the school’s mathematics coordinator.
  • Penketh High School: a large 11-18, community comprehensive school with several adults who work alongside teachers in all areas of the curriculum, including a teaching assistant and cover supervisor who work within mathematics.
  • Sheffield Springs Academy: a new school, part of United Learning Trust, with £30m state-of-the-art facilities and boasting a complementary and collaborative Sixth Form. The school has several teaching assistants some of whom work more closely with children in mathematics; some can be considered as “specialists” in mathematics.
  • Ladybridge High School, Bolton: a ‘Fresh Start’ school in 2004, is an 11-16 mixed community school. Gaining Specialist Sports College status in 2005, it has a strong trajectory of improvement. About a third of the students are entitled to free school meals, which is approximately twice the national average. 

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